Archive for March, 2018

Orecchiette with Sausage, Tomato and Broccoli

28 March, 2018

First, I just need to make an announcement that a new baby has joined our family:

She’s so shiny, right?

The twins weren’t the only thing keeping me from blogging here. Our old stove had all but a tiny burner die right around Christmas, and even though I got this one back then it took almost THREE months to get all the pipes and installation complete. But she’s worth it. I feel like I am driving a Ferrari when I am cooking on it. Wait until you see how she carmelized the chicken and …

Thoughts On Our First World Down Syndrome Day

21 March, 2018

Sometimes our most definitive moments are loud – a birth, a death, an accident, a promotion.

But sometimes they happen quietly, in the smallest of spaces between otherwise ordinary moments.

I was thinking about this the other day as I was giving our baby Ronan a bath. About the path that led me to him, to being the mother of a child with Down syndrome. His birth wasn’t the defining moment for me – it happened much earlier, when I was a grad student working towards my PhD in Philosophy.

I was taking a course on French Existentialism – a lot of Sarte and Camus. My professor was a middle-aged gentleman with a Scottish last name and good sense of humor. In the course of reading the material, there was a section on the randomness of our own existence. I remember my professor expounding on the happenstance of our mom having an …

Loaded Potato Soup

15 March, 2018

I am excited for spring just about on every level, but there is one thing about the cold weather that I don’t mind holding on to and dragging into spring with us: comfort food.

Soup tops the list of comfort food for me, followed closely by anything with potatoes, so really this Loaded Baked Potato Soup is a match made in heaven. We are Irish so its basically in our blood to like this. If you’re looking to jazz up your St. Patrick’s Day menu, this ones a winner.

The first time I had it was at a book …